Song of Idaho
Cast & Crew
Hezzie, Ken, Gil <i>and</i> Gabe
After completing his radio broadcast, singer King Russell says goodbye to his friends and fellow performers, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and leaves the city to return to his ranch in Idaho, where he will care for his ailing mother, Sara Mom. King and The Hot Shots plan to broadcast from a makeshift studio at the ranch until the band's agent, Sam, phones to tell them that their sponsor, Nottingham Shoes, has decided not to renew their contract. The Hot Shots go to the office of company president J. Chester Nottingham, hoping to change his mind, but he refuses to see them. While seated in the waiting room, The Hot Shots make some unflattering comments about Nottingham, which are surreptitiously recorded by his son, Junior. When they try to confiscate the recording, Junior screams, bringing Nottingham out of his office. They seize the opportunity to pitch their idea to have a contest on their new show with the lucky child winning a month's vacation at King's ranch. Junior urges his father to allow their new show to have a trail broadcast, and he agrees. The band then promises to give Junior a ride to his boarding school, but once they have gotten into the car, he demands that they take him to King's ranch instead, threatening to play the recording for his father if they refuse. Under threat of blackmail, the Hot Shots drive Junior, posing as Gabe's nephew, to the ranch in Idaho. Soon after, King receives a telegram from his advertising agency, notifying him that program analyst Eve Allen will arrive on Saturday. King decides to give Eve a real Western welcome by sending a stagecoach to meet her at the train station and then staging an outlaw raid on the coach. Junior and the Hot Shots arrive just as the outlaws attack the stage, and the mischevious Junior commandeers the coach and gallops off. A furious King catches up to the galloping stage and threatens to thrash Junior for his antics. Disapproving of King's corporal punishment theories of child rearing, Eve suggests that he would not be a worthy representive for her client. To win over Eve, King and the Hot Shots decide to hold a barbeque in her honor, but after Junior replaces the place mats with fly paper and pours a foul liquid into the punch, King declares that the boy needs a good spanking. When Eve, a proponent of modern child psychology, objects, King proposes that they exert a positive influence on the boy by taking him on a camping trip. After Junior exposes a half dressed Eve by arranging for a horse to gallop off with her tent, however, she changes her mind about the boy and heartily agrees that he should be spanked. Meanwhile, Junior's school becomes concerned that he has not yet arrived and phones Nottingham's secretary. Shortly thereafter, King learns that Nottingham has been trying to get in touch with him. When King phones Nottingham, Eve asks to speak with him, and gives him a very favorable report. Eve also mentions that the band brought along an incorrigible brat who could not have behaved worse if his father had been a gangster. Furious, Nottingham informs King that Junior is his son and that he is canceling the show and will arrive shortly to pick up Junior. Remorseful about the damage he has caused, Junior starts to cry, and Sara Mom comforts him with the notion that it is in his power to undo what he has wrought. The next day, Junior is missing and the Hot Shots find a note of apology from the boy. When Nottingham, accompanied by the sheriff, appears, he accuses King and the Hot Shots of kidnapping his son and insists on their arrest. After the sheriff finds a letter, written in childish scrawl, theatening to kill Junior unless King is allowed to broadcast his show, Nottingham agrees to let the broadcast proceed. During the show, the sheriff drops a cigar outside the door of a shed full of blasting powder, and the resulting explosion knocks Junior off his hiding place in the barn's loft. After realizing that Junior was, in fact, just hiding, Nottingham decides to continue sponsoring the show, and they all celebrate.